There are four reasons why people fail to reason well:
a) Lack of ability
d) Lack of training
c) Lack of experiences
d) Lack of opportunity
There is nothing much to be done about an innate inability to be rational. All that is necessary, in such cases, is to acknowledge that one's reasoning is faulty and seek guidance from others. Unfortunately, many persons without the ability to reason well have a tendency to seek guidance on reasoning from the wrong people, particularly those who lack the ability to reason well themselves.
Even with the ability to reason well, the rational faculty of the mind can atrophy rapidly unless it is used on a regular basis. In spite of the availability of excellent training in good reasoning, humans are creatures of peculiar habits, strange beliefs and unreliable perceptions. Earlier habits and unreasonable influences have also been known to intrude into the most reasonable of minds with unfortunate frequency.
Being able to avoid bad influences on one's thinking requires the opportunity to seek and locate healthy and more reasonable alternatives. If your usual social experiences are imbued with unreasonableness, irrationality and unhealthy habits, then you may wish to find the opportunity to change your social life for the better.
I consider it very sad indeed that the basic rudiments of psychology, philosophy and biology are not understood throughout every society. The essence of perception, logic and life is rarely taught adequately in schools. Through psychology, philosophy and biology, it is possible to have a deeper understanding of history, of art, of politics, and of every other important aspect of culture. The ability to understand the distortions of human minds is therefore often the essence of good reasoning.
Without an understanding of psychology, philosophy and biology, all that exists is opinion. So, where is the best training for good reasoning located?
Knowledge is not reasoning. Knowledge is experience. Many persons with the ability to reason well have used it to reason poorly in the name of money and/or fame and/or political power. How many persons with excellent reasoning abilities have chosen, for example, to work in the development of weaponry and other military equipment rather than for more peaceful and socially productive pursuits?
In the pursuit of peace, the purpose of all military action is:
1. To protect civilians from aggression
2. To protect agricultural land from being destroyed
3. To protect cultural artifacts - the soul of the world - from being destroyed
Reasoning towards the pursuit of aggression is always poor reasoning. Reasoning in defence of lasting peace is good reasoning. Yet understanding peace is difficult. In fact, it is more difficult to understand peace than it is to acquire knowledge of psychology, philosophy, biology, mathematics, deep space and/or quantum mechanics.
Being assertive is a necessary skill for everyone wishing to demonstrate good reasoning. Contributing to world peace requires the ability to demonstrate differences of perception. Assertiveness begins with excellent reasoning about perception, both innately and through training, experience and opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities to assert one's right to live in peace. There are plenty of opportunities to assert the rights of others to live in peace.
The world will become more peaceful when prestige is given only to accurate assertiveness, rather than to aggressiveness, competitiveness, wealth, fame or images over truth.
Perceptions and emotions interpret images. Good reasoning finds truth.
By the way, words and sounds are images, too.
Test your reasoning
Literary contributions to world peace
2. Peaceful images
3. Suitable cultural insights
4. Timelessly appropriate possibilities
5. Your peace, happiness and prosperity
6. Several suitable topics for discussion
7. Peace through compassion
8. Saving the world
9. A quietly dignified respect for nature
10. Peaceful language